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Benton County was formed in 1870, when reconstructionist laws came into effect after
the Civil War. Benton was originally Tippah and Marshall County up until that time. The town of Ashland is the county seat and location of the Court House. Benton County borders with Marshall County on the West, Tippah County on the East, Union and Lafayette on the South, Hardeman and Fayette Counties in Tennessee on the North. The land that makes up Benton belonged to the Chickasaw Indians before settlement. In 1834, the Treaty of Pontotoc was signed between the State of Mississippi and the Chickasaw Nation
allowing the purchase of land by white settlers. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a general in the Civil War was from Salem, MS, located in what is now Benton County.
Old Court House - 2006
Photo sent in by: Bill Webb
Spring Hill School
Students ca. 1914
Links that include Benton County Information
County Cemeteries (contains some from Benton Co)
Tippah County Confederates
The 1840 Census Records of Tippah County
The 1850 Federal Census of Tippah County
The 1866 Census Records
The Tippah County Marriage Records
Search Tippah County
Old Map Collection of Tippah, Union and Pontotoc Counties
Wolf River Conservancy
Genealogy LinksGENDEX: WWW Genealogy Index
Genealogists' Index to the World Wide Web
Treasure Maps - The how-to Genealogy Website
Bureau of Land Management
Social Security Death Records
Mississippi LinksCities / Towns in Mississippi
Mississippi Genealogy and Historical Societies
Mississippi Vital Records
Mississippi Census Records at CensusFinder.com
Mississippi Libraries Online
Mississippi Plantation and Antebellum Homes
Mississippi Civil War Files
Mississippi World War I Draft Registrants
African American LinksMarshall County African American Index
Slave Voices from Duke University
A Guide to African American History
African Americans in the Civil War
International Society of Sons and Daughters
of Slave Ancestry
|Native American Links|
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